Managers at a state agency in Nampa, ID, allegedly created a hostile work environment by failing to adequately protect an employee from a co-worker who was under a restraining order.

The employee, in her lawsuit, claims the co-worker beat and raped her when she tried to end their romantic relationship. She reported the attack to police and got a restraining order to keep him away from her.

The co-worker was placed on administrative leave over an unrelated situation, and barred from entering the building where she worked. But supervisors refused to tell all employees that the co-worker was under a restraining order, telling them simply that he was not to enter the building.

The woman said the omission was significant because it meant other employees weren’t aware of the severity of the situation, and this endangered her.

Cite: Fuller v Reinke.

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